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Live At The BBC Live, Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (Dec 6 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Live, Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000007MVD
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #37,146 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Beatle Greetings (1994 Digital Remaster)
2. From Us To You (1994 Digital Remaster)
3. Riding On A Bus (1994 Digital Remaster)
4. I Got A Woman (1994 Digital Remaster)
5. Too Much Monkey Business (1994 Digital Remaster)
6. Keep Your Hands Off My Baby (1994 Digital Remaster)
7. I'll Be On My Way (1994 Digital Remaster)
8. Young Blood (1994 Digital Remaster)
9. A Shot Of Rhythm And Blues (1994 Digital Remaster)
10. Sure To Fall (In Love With You) (1994 Digital Remaster)
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Disc: 2
1. Crinsk Dee Night (1994 Digital Remaster)
2. A Hard Day's Night (1994 Digital Remaster)
3. Have A Banana (1994 Digital Remaster)
4. I Wanna Be Your Man (1994 Digital Remaster)
5. Just A Rumour (1994 Digital Remaster)
6. Roll Over Beethoven (1994 Digital Remaster)
7. All My Loving (1994 Digital Remaster)
8. Things We Said Today (1994 Digital Remaster)
9. She's A Woman (1994 Digital Remaster)
10. Sweet Little Sixteen (1994 Digital Remaster)
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56 songs (plus 13 intros) recorded live by the Beatles in the BBC studios between 1962 and 1965, including 30 songs never released by the band! That means you hear the greatest rock 'n' roll band of all time do everything from Lucille to Glad All Over for the first time! Compiled by George Martin.

The surviving members of the Fab Four spent much of the 1990s belatedly reuniting to document, promote, and occasionally awkwardly burnish their unparalleled pop music legacy. This double-disc anthology of live-in-the-studio performances originally recorded specifically for the BBC during the most frantic years of early Beatlemania was the first chapter in that effort and the first issuance of previously unreleased Beatles recordings since the late '70s. In many ways, it remains the most artistically revealing. Capturing them at their early '60s live-performance peak, these recordings pay homage to both the band's eclectic musical influences (including Chuck Berry, Phil Spector, Little Richard, Carl Perkins, Ray Charles, Elvis Presley, Larry Williams, the Coasters, and the Shirelles), and to the enthusiastic and generous sense of musical discovery and the pop proselytizing that accompanied them. A number of the Fabs' own '62-'65 singles and album tracks are also featured, but they mostly take a back seat to the generous collection of previously unreleased cover songs included here. The band's brisk, often irreverent sense of humor also comes to fore in the intros, interviews, and between-song banter. An indispensable part of any true Beatlemaniac's collection and a superb introduction to the roots of a musical legend. --Jerry McCulley

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gordon Pfannenstiel on Nov. 20 2003
Format: Audio CD
I didn't intend to write a review of this CD, but I was just rifling through the Beatles catalog and noticed that this was way toward the bottom, which meant that, in terms of sales rank, that's also where is was. To think that more people are buying the Anthology series than this is a damn shame.
I guess it's easy to overlook this CD. It came out before all the hype over the anthology, and had been cut out by that time. Also, for some reason, many regard the Beatles' early recordings (before Rubber Soul and Revolver) as dismissable.
Boy, are they missing out! Music does not have to impart a profound (or pretentious, depending on how you look at it) message in the lyrics to be profound. Just listen to Lennon's reading of Baby It's You on this collection and you'll know what I mean.
Maybe it's just a matter of perspective. Maybe younger fans just aren't looking for that niave rush that these guys generated with these songs. Maybe they need to feel that they are finding "the word". If so, they probably will find this album "kid stuff". But, believe me, it's not. In most cases, they lend more grace, excitement and musicainship to these songs than the original artists did, and in some cases that's no mean feat. Plus, they had impeccable taste in the songs they chose to cover. This CD is more than an historical document; much, much more. These are great songs, all given the Beatle touch, at a time when the Beatles were still hungry and at a performing peak. That would soon change.
But, this CD is relatively overlooked. I shouldn't be surprised, because Please, Please Me, With The Beatles and most disappointing, Hard Day's Night are also bringing up the rear in sales.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BeatleBangs1964 TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 20 2001
Format: Audio CD
I really love this collection. Not only is it a real treat for the ears, it is also a nod to the pioneers of rock and roll. It is a history lesson contained on 2 delightful CDs.
Inveterate Beatle fans will love this collection; for folks just getting familiar with the Beatles or who prefer the more well known songs, e.g. "Can't Buy Me Love," "A Hard Day's Night" will certainly appreciate all the fine music these CDs have to offer.
Each Beatle is individual, unique and distinct and it is that individuality that shines through like a beacon during their performances and interviews. Their musical blends "Come Together" nicely; George demonstrates excellent, strong lead guitar playing on early rock and roll hits such as "Young Blood," "Lucille" and "Nothin' Shakin." Indeed, it is George Harrison's treatment of such early classics that add to the appeal of this collection; he demonstrated a real flair for rockabilly style.
Ringo maintained a steady beat and provided humorous insights into the Beatle banter of the day; John regaled his listening audience with his gift for natural expression and Paul remained, in a sense, the spokesman. Paul, also could hold his own during a light hearted exchange. However, it is McCartney who provided the most serious answers and insights into Beatle exchanges and issues related to the group. One could regard Paul as the Ambassador; he provides a strong voice of reason and background into the world's most successful band.
Timeless classics such as "Things We Said Today," "A Hard Day's Night" and "Can't Buy Me Love" are included in this collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By terrible_towling on April 24 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is a great album that combines the flippant humor of the Beatles with R&B standards of their time and our's. Songs like "Johnny B. Goode," "Memphis, Tennesee," and "The Hippy Hippy Shake," bring back the glory days and (then) contemporary staples of R&B. But the Beatles knew how to please their fans, singing their own "I Feel Fine," "Ticket to Ride," and "A Hard Day's Night." The comedic asides between each song provide a little insight into the humor of the Beatles. This is a great CD to listen to, but it's hard to listen to repeatedly because of the talking in between songs. Once you've heard those once, it's more than enough.
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Format: Audio CD
I was listening to my copy of 'Live at the BBC' today and I realized something: I prefer it to not only the Anthology collection, but also the '1' collection and a few of the Beatles actual albums! Wheras the Anthology albums are at times frustrating to listen to and rarely do they actually reveal anything about the construction of classics, this CD is a joy to listen to! '1' is a good place for beginners to start, but it is hardly a great collection of the best Beatles songs (there are no songs on it from Rubber Soul, Sgt. Pepper, or The White Album!) I even prefer 'Live at the BBC' to 'Let It Be' and 'Please Please Me'.
While this not only provides listeners with insight into the kind of music the Beatles were influenced by, it also is a valuable piece of history. The Beatles are the greatest band ever to exist, and this album shows the transition of the Beatles from a pop group to real artists. But 'Live at the BBC' isn't really about studio experimentation or making great statements in their songs. This is just a fun collection of great rock n roll songs. The Beatles still sound like their having a ball being Beatles.
'Live at the BBC' is guaranteed to get you tapping your foot and bobbing your head. The Beatles' wit is shown in the various interviews in between songs. Their musicianship is also displayed as they whip out classics- their own classics like 'A Hard Days Night' and 'Love Me Do' as well as rock n roll classics such as 'Johnny B. Goode'.
I love 'Live at the BBC' and I wish it didn't live under the shadow of the Anthology series. While the Anthology DVD is absolutely excellent, the albums leave a lot to be desired. The came can be said of the '1' CD- though I have to give '1' credit for getting me into the Beatles.
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